What is included in the physical exam for tibia and fibula fracture?

Updated: Nov 30, 2017
  • Author: Jeffrey G Norvell, MD, MBA, RDMS; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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When examining a patient for a lower leg fracture one should first examine the patient for edema, ecchymosis, and point tenderness. Gross deformities should be noted and splinted. A careful neurovascular assessment should be performed, and an emergent fracture reduction should be performed if neurovascular deficits are present.

A careful examination should be performed for open wounds. Open fractures require antibiotics and an emergent orthopedic consultation.


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